Volunteer and Community Support Awards

The Foundation has a large list of volunteers who contribute and support our various programs and our message of ‘Early Detection and Early Treatment”. These volunteers are a vital part of the Foundation and each year during Eating Disorder Awareness Week the Foundation recognize and award volunteers (an Individual, a Business, a Community Group) in appreciation for their outstanding commitment and contribution in support of the aims and objectives of our foundation.

The Eating Disorder Foundation of NL is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 Community Support Awards and Volunteer of the Year Award. The recipients of the Lana G Curran Community Support Awards are Kevin King of KMK Capital and Keith Bradbury of ReMax. Deanna O’Brien was awarded the Gerry Angel Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award and Greg Smith of VOCM received the Renata Elizabeth Withers Community Support Award. We congratulate them for their outstanding support and continued interest in the work of the Foundation.

Front Row– His Honour, The Honourable Frank F. Fagan, CM, ONL, MBA
Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and Her Honour Mrs. Patricia Fagan

Back Row– Keith Bradbury, Vince Withers, Deanna O’Brien, Greg Smith
Missing from photo; Kevin King

Deanna O’Brien’s first encounter with the Foundation was that of a very worried mother seeking to find help and support for her daughter on her journey of recovery from a severe eating disorder. That was over four years ago. Since then we have seen a lot of Deanna. In addition to taking part in all of our support programs, Deanna also represents the true spirit of giving back. Deanna can be found at every one of our fundraisers and awareness events, always taking a lead role. Deanna has brought her employer, Stewart McKelvey on board as well. Three years ago, the Foundation partnered with Stewart McKelvey through the United Way Day of Caring to become the annual caretaker of the Garden at The Renata Elizabeth Withers Centre for Hope. Each year in June Deanna coordinates teams of her fellow employees to spend a day preparing the garden which is regularly used for therapeutic sessions at the day treatment centre.
For all of her continued support, the Foundation is thrilled to present The Gerry Angel Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award to Deanna O’Brien.

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Greg Smith has become a trusted and known voice and name in the province. Greg has been in the NL radio industry for more than a decade. Greg is best known as host of the VOCM Irish NL Show. Both inside and outside work, Greg has taken a significant interest in the work of the Foundation. He has always taken the time to promote and report on our activities. His reporting and social media activities related to Eating Disorder Awareness Week is just the latest example of his support. This year will mark Greg’s third year as MC of the Concert of Hope. For his continuing support the Foundation is pleased to present the Renata Elizabeth Withers Community Support Award to Greg Smith.

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Over the past 38 years, Keith Bradbury has meticulously carved out a solid reputation in the real estate market. RE/MAX International has awarded him the Hall of Fame Award and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. What you don’t hear a lot about is Keith’s quiet commitment to the community. In 2016 when Wilf Curran came up with the idea to hold a gala one of the people he knew he could count on for support was Keith, and Keith’s support continues to this day. For his continued commitment to the Remembering Lana Curran Butterfly Gala the Foundation is pleased to present Keith Bradbury with the Lana G Curran Community Support Award.

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Kevin King is the founder of Perennial Management, a property management company which marked the beginnings of KMK Capital Inc. Kevin has a passion for success. He is an experienced and well-regarded developer. Kevin also understands the value of giving back to the community he lives in. In 2016 when Wilf Curran came up with the idea to hold a Gala to raise funds for the Foundation, one of the first people he called upon for support was Kevin. Kevin continues his support to this day. For his continued commitment to the Remembering Lana Curran Butterfly Gala the Foundation is pleased to present Kevin King with The Lana G Curran Community Support Award.